Cabs of the top rank

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

WESTERN Aus­tralia’s largely bou­tique-sized winer­ies, from their 4 per cent of Aus­tralia’s grape crush, are dom­i­nat­ing most facets of Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal city caber­net sauvi­gnon wine show sys­tem.

Mar­garet River’s Xanadu is just one more ex­am­ple and here is a re­minder as to why.

In 2007, Xanadu gained one tro­phy (for Viog­nier) and two gold medals.

In 2008, there were two gold medals, 2009 brought five tro­phies and 11 gold medals, while in 2010 there were eight tro­phies and 10 gold medals.

The awards con­tin­ued through­out 2011 with six tro­phies and 30 gold medals, fol­lowed by seven tro­phies and 21 gold medals in 2012.

And 2013 saw nine tro­phies (in­clud­ing Best Caber­net, Best Dry Red and Cham­pion Wine of Show at Aus­tralia’s se­nior wine show in Can­berra) and 27 gold medals.

At the 2014 Na­tional Wine Show in Can­berra, Xanadu, against this na­tion’s great­est, gained gold medals for their Stevens Road ($55), Re­serve 2012 ($91.50), Xanadu 2012 ($35) and DJL 2012 ($24) Chardon­nays.

Their fourth-in-line caber­net, the 2011 DJL ($24), won the tro­phy for Best Caber­net of Show, thus giv­ing this tro­phy to Xanadu twice in three years.

Just prior to that, James Hal­l­i­day an­nounced the 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road as his Wine Com­pan­ion Wine of the Year 2015 at 99 points – only matched by one new-re­lease ta­ble wine ever.

At this year’s Royal Syd­ney Wine Show the 2012 Stevens Road ($55), the 2012 DJL ($24) and the 2012 Xanadu ($35) Caber­net Sauvi­gnons all won gold against the na­tion’s finest and the Xanadu was also named Best Caber­net Sauvi­gnon of Show.

Is there another 70,000 case win­ery in the coun­try that can match this?

Of all Xanadu’s great cur­rent val­ues, the 2012 DJL caber­net sauvi­gnon could be the star.

Soft, smooth, long, ap­peal­ing. Com­plex, great fruit, su­perb wine­mak­ing, tex­tu­ral and sat­is­fy­ing. Will live for 15 years. 18.3 points and $24. Gold Syd­ney 2015.

Xanadu wine­maker Glenn Goodall.

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